Asiedu dou­ble set­tles mid-ta­ble bun fight

The Rugby Paper - - National League 1 - By TOM BUL­MER

IN A lack­lus­tre home per­for­mance, DMP were well-beaten on a cold, wet North East day at the North­ern Echo Arena, the visi­tors Cam­bridge de­servedly run­ning out com­fort­able win­ners.

Cam­bridge be­gan and ended well. They opened the scor­ing with a Jack Green penalty and player of the match, Cam­bridge wing Nana Asiedu shrug­ging off sev­eral would-be tack­lers en route to the line for the first try of the day.

Green con­verted and vis­it­ing No.8 Stephen Hip­well grabbed blood and sand’s sec­ond try af­ter some close quar­ter work near the home line.

DMP’s Garry Law pegged back a penalty be­fore the in­ter­val, but it was Cam­bridge who had the spring in their step as the play­ers walked down the tun­nel at or­anges.

In the sec­ond half, the home side never re­ally looked like go­ing over for a try de­spite some clearcut op­por­tu­ni­ties.

In the lat­ter stages of the game, both teams were re­duced in num­bers, as first Cam­bridge’s Matt Hema was binned for foul play, just prior to DMP’s Ralph Ap­pleby for a tech­ni­cal of­fence.

As Green missed three penalty shots at goal, the visi­tors tally could have been more, un­til Asiedu caught a kick wide out and strolled in for the visi­tors third try with five min­utes re­main­ing to put the game to bed - Cam­bridge now up to eighth while DMP lie tenth.

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